Monster trucks and German luxury cars are so overrated. Anyone who cruises down Lake Street in Minneapolis and near University and Snelling in St. Paul knows that sparkly, bright-hued, fur-lined, and blinged-out lowriders are where it's at. District del Sol's Cinco de Mayo festival is also aware of the coolness of the lowrider. Once again the festival will feature a car show of the notorious vehicle, as well as a lowrider dance-off, otherwise known as the hydraulics showdown. Not that into cars? Even pimped-out cars? No problem. There's a reason that this festival makes top-10 Cinco de Mayo lists nationwide. Stroll down Cesar Chavez Street this Friday and Saturday, and you will be treated to a salsa eating contest, live music and dance performances from both local, national, and international artists, history and community photography on display, as well as children's activities and information on wellness resources throughout the city. Thinking of driving your own pimpin' vehicle to the event? Think again. Be sure to check out the website for designated streets and free shuttle stops. Visit www.districtdelsol.com or call 651.222.6347 for more info.
Fri., May 2, 4-9 p.m.; Sat., May 3, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., 2008